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Education

These courses make up a comprehensive, quality, pre-professional education curriculum that facilitates equal access to relevant upper-division teacher education licensure programs, as well as staff development opportunities for urban educators. A.S. degree programs are available in early childhood and education foundations.

Degrees

A.S., Education Foundations
A.S., Early Childhood Education

A.S., Education Foundations - Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School (60 credits)

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Purpose: Education Foundations prepares students to transfer and obtain a four-year bachelor’s degree in education and recommendation for teacher licensure. Inver Hills has the only two-year education program in the St. Paul area with a curriculum that examines professional knowledge, engages in reflection and values diverse experiences. The Education Foundations A.S. degree offers an opportunity to further your education by transferring to a four-year institution to pursue a degree in early childhood, elementary, middle or secondary school education leading toward teacher licensure. Students may also have the potential to earn an Associate of Arts, if they complete 1-2 credits of Physical Education.

Program Information: This program maintains collaborative partnerships with many four-year colleges and universities for successful transfer and completion of teacher licensure requirements. These partnerships include, but are not limited to: Augsburg College, Concordia College, Metro State University, Minnesota State University – Mankato, The College of St. Scholastica, The University of Wisconsin – River Falls and Stout, and Winona State University.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid. Some courses within this program require a criminal background study to successfully complete. Please see the course description section of the catalog for more details. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

Education Foundations Curriculum (20 credits)

Course Number Title Credits
Requirements (9 credits)
EDU 1109 Introduction to Education and Reflective Teaching 4cr
EDU 1141 Learning Technology for K-12 Education 2cr
EDU 1143 Multicultural Education/Human Relations 3cr
Electives (11 credits)
Electives Select from any of the following EDU courses, HLTH 1130, 1-2 credits of Physical Education or additional MnTC courses 11cr
EDU 1128 Guidance, Communication & Development of Young Children 3cr
EDU 1130 Early Childhood Education 3cr
EDU 1132 Creative Activities for the Young Child 2cr
EDU 1136 Infant and Toddler Development 3cr
EDU 1138 Children with Special Needs 3cr
EDU 2008 Children’s Mental Health 2cr
EDU 2018 Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners 3cr
EDU 2020 Foundations of Early Literacy 3cr
EDU 2220 Music Education and Pedagogy 3cr
EDU 2805 Introduction to Children’s Literature 3cr
EDU 2250 Contemporary Education Topics 1-3cr
MATH 1107 Math Foundations 4cr
MATH 1118 College Algebra I 4cr
HLTH 1130 Drug Use/Abuse 3cr
Total Credits: 20

MnTC Curriculum (40 credits)

Complete all 10 areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. A course may satisfy more than one MnTC goal area, but the credits may be counted only once. Students should choose courses to fulfill the area that best work for their intended transfer college/program.

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108
ENG 1111 OR
ENG 1114
COMM 1110 (recommended) OR
COMM 1100 OR
COMM 2230
Goal 1: Communications Three courses required
  Goal 2: Critical Thinking Satisfied with required coursework
Biological Science (One course required)
Physical Science (One course required)
Goal 3: Natural Science Two courses required, one must be a lab course
Recommended:
MATH 1107 OR
MATH 1118
Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning One course required
Recommended:
PSYC 1101 OR
PSYC 1201 OR
PSYC 1215
SOC 1100
Goal 5:History/Social/Behavioral Sciences Three courses required from two disciplines
  Goal 6: Humanities/Fine Arts Three courses required from two categories
  Goal 7: Human Diversity
Goal 8: Global Perspectives
Goal 9: Ethical/Civic Responsibility
Goal 10: People and the Environment
One course in each goal area
Total Credits: 40

A.S., Early Childhood Education (60 credits)

Pending MnSCU approval1

Purpose: Early Childhood Education at Inver Hills prepares students to transfer and obtain a four-year bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and recommendation for teacher licensure. The college has the only two-year education program in the St. Paul area, with a curriculum that examines professional knowledge, engages in reflection and values diverse urban experiences. Direct experience with children in the early years and agencies, through service learning and class experiences, are essential features of this program. Students should consult with an Inver Hills counselor or advisor to confirm specific transferability to other programs.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid.

Core Curriculum (30 credits):

Course Number Title Credits
EDU 1109 Introduction to Education and Reflective Teaching 4cr
EDU 1110 Education: Early Childhood Birth to Grade 3 3cr
EDU 1141 Learning Technology for K-12 Education 2cr
EDU 1143 Multicultural Education/Human Relations 3cr
EDU 1133 Children's Health, Nutrition, Safety, Physical Development and the Effects of Drugs 3cr
EDU 1128 Guidance, Communication, and Development of Young Children 3cr
EDU 1136 Infant and Toddler Development 2cr
Electives: Any EDU course or select from the following recommended elective courses  9cr
EDU 1130 Early Childhood Education 3cr
EDU 1132 Creative Activities for the Young Child 2cr
EDU 1138 Children with Special Needs 3cr
EDU 2020 Foundations of Early Literacy 3cr
EDU/MUSC 2220 Music Education and Pedagogy 3cr
EDU 2250 Contemporary Education Topics 1-3cr
EDU 2805 Introduction to Children’s Literature 3cr
HSER 1112 Crisis Assessment and Intervention 3cr
MATH 1107 Mathematical Foundations 4cr
Total Credits: 30

Liberal Arts Curriculum (30 credits):

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4cr
COMM 1100 OR
COMM 1110
  3cr
Math or Lab Science course (See Goal 3 or 4 of MnTC) 3cr
PSYC 1215 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3cr
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature (See Goal 6 of MnTC) 3cr
Any course (see MnTC) Goals 7-10 3cr
Liberal Arts Electives (Restricted to MnTC courses) 11cr
Total Credits: 30

1This degree program has not yet been approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Students are welcome to enroll in the required courses; however, they may not officially declare the program at this time. Check for updates of this status.

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